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Although I am not a Catholic, I have the utmost respect for devoted Christians such as Therese. I did this portrait using coloured pencils. The flowers are symbolic of her name … The Little Flower.

Marie Francoise Therese Martin was born at 42 Rue St. Blaise, Alencon, Lower Normandy, on 2nd January 1873. At the tender age of fifteen she entered the Carmelite Order of Nuns and went to live in the Convent in Lisieux.

Therese identified with ordinary people, practised humility, and styled herself as The Little Flower of Jesus.

Her face in this portrait reflects the pain and suffering she experienced as a result of tuberculosis. Therese died in agony on 30th September 1897, aged only 24.

She died holding her crucifix and uttering the words, “Oh! … I love him! … My God, I … love … thee!”

Therese was canonised at Rome on 17th May 1925, five days after the ceremony to canonise Joan of Arc.

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Dave. Quite amazing actually. There is such a fine line between pain and joy and you were able to capture both in this piece. The bright colors balancing the pain on her face!

  • Thank you for such a lovely comment my friend.


  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Helene.


  • linmarie
    linmarieover 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing this Dave,, you honored her beautifully, be curious too see the responses you get about her per our msg. discussions,, freedom of expression is the only thing that will keep our countrys learning from each other,, peace and love linmarie,, this is breath taking!!!!!

  • Many thanks. As we have Christian Groups I think it will be okay. People of other faiths have represented their beliefs on Redbubble before with no problems.


  • Cadence Gamache
    Cadence Gamacheover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful, well-conceived, multi-faceted image… A touching homage =] I’d never heard of this woman before, so this post was educational to me. Thank you =]

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    She’s more than beautiful, it’s memorable..your creation astound me Dave! :)

  • Thank you ever so much Ming.


  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 5 years ago

    beautiful work,,,,,,,,,,

  • LTScribble
    LTScribbleover 5 years ago

    wonderful piece Mr. Dave…i love the background information to….and the way she is surrounded by flowers and looks to be the center of a flower….all so poetic :0)

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309over 5 years ago

    St. Teresa, The Little Flower of Jesus and my patron Saint. It is said and I have seen this, that when you pray to St. Teresa, your prayers have been answered when you see the rose or roses….. I have the book about her life, she had such devotion and not only was she a nun, but all of here sisters as well.

  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighover 5 years ago

    beautiful, St Theresa is special to our family. My dad was in a bad car accident and in a coma, we prayed to St. Theresa. He is fine today.

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    Fabulous well done..she has a rather staunch face (as my sons would say) but the whole drawing works so well…wonderful!

  • Thanks for the compliment Catherine. Yes, she did look staunch, as she lived her short life in constant pain, coughing up blood and being criticised for disturbing the other nuns with her coughing. I resisted the temptation to give her a happy face as she had pain etched on her features.


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